Feds Reject Colorado’s Request For $270M For Disaster Protection

January 25, 2016
Photo: Longmont flooding
Railroad tracks are undercut by flooding in Longmont, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

Colorado was one of 40 finalists, but the state did not get any of the $1 billion for projects approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, the state is expected to get more than $80 million from FEMA following the 2013 floods. In October, CPR News found that some expected projects are in parts of Colorado that didn't flood.

Colorado officials say there was stiff competition from other states that had natural disasters over the past five years.

The city of Longmont requested $130 million in an effort to address the flood plain of the St. Vrain River.

Longmont officials say their project will take between seven and 10 years to complete. The city already has raised $72 million from federal and local sources. Longmont’s city manager said they will apply for other federal grants.

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